Afrikaans name: Pretoria
Pretoria is located in the province of Gauteng and is 53 km north of Johannesburg although the area between them is heavily developed. It is the administrative capital of South Africa.
The name Pretoria comes from Andries Pretorius who was one of the Voortrekker leaders. The city is often referred to as Tshwane which is the proposed new name for it.
Although the area that is now occupied by Pretoria was inhabited by indigenous tribes for a few hundred years, the city iteself was established in 1855. The Tshwane municipal area has a population of around 3 million people.
One of the main attractions in Pretoria is the National Zoological Gardens, also known as the Pretoria Zoo. The Voortrekker Monument is definitely something that you should include on your tour. Besides offering a fascinating insite into the history of the Voortrekkers it also offers visitors unrivalled views over Pretoria. There are many other activities that you can undertake in the park-like grounds. Other places of interest include the Union Buildings, Church Square, Transvaal Museum, Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, Paul Kruger House, Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, Rietvlei Nature Reserve and Groenkloof Nature Reserve.
Above - Although not indigenous to South Africa Jacaranda trees are synonymous with Pretoria
Above - View over part of the city
Above - Paul Kruger House
Above - Ditsong National Museum of Natural History
Above - Dutch Reformed Church (1927) - Pretoria East
References and further readingThings ewe never knewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Published: 2015 - Page: 181
Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 18
The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 90
Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 228
Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 16
Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 27
On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 228
Getaway - Vol 31 No 03 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 42
go! - Issue 088 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 42
Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 114
Family Fun - Author: Lisa McNamara - Published: 2015 - Page: 134
Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 270
Chris and Tilde Stuarts Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1989 - Page: 54
Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 102